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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (WJW) – Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream opened its 100th store right here in Northeast Ohio! Many people came to celebrate, and to try and win free ice cream for a year.

The new location is located at 19935 Center Ridge Road in Rocky River. The grand opening was at 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Handel’s, the first 100 guests received free ice cream for a year. There was also music, games, magic shows and raffles during the celebration.

By 7 a.m. there were already about a dozen people in line.

“Ohio is the home state for Handel’s, so we are incredibly proud to expand the sweet legacy here in Rocky River,” said Morgan Rubin, general manager for the Rocky River location.

The new ice cream parlor will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Folks line up for free Handel’s ice cream

Handel’s, which was founded in Youngstown in 1945, is projecting to open more than 40 locations this year.